Internet companies caught between Chinese rules and U.S. demands for free speech BEIJING -- Yahoo Inc., Google Inc. and other U.S. Internet companies under fire for assisting in China's censorship efforts are insisting they must obey Beijing or risk limiting access to their most promising market.Some people seem to be worried about what they are doing in China in terms of free speech. I'm not worried about that.
Rather, I'm worried about what we are doing in the United States about freedom.
I'm also worried about what we are doing in the United States in terms of educational opportunities for our youngsters too. Our youth are going to be falling further and further behind the world. Our youth are not getting rich exposures to technology and logic and online community efforts.
We've got a long, long way to go, when one considers where we are at home. We need to put our shoulder to the tasks at hand here -- with our kids -- and get better grips, or grips at all, on tech issues for the sake of our future.
Finally, we have a big challenge ahead in terms of understanding ways to deploy and leverage open-source computer software. We need to get government and the rest of the public sectors to be more favorable to open-source options and tools.
It's (i.e., CHINA) been a particularly delicate balancing act for Yahoo and Google because they don't want to alienate their core U.S. audience, whose loyalty helps attract the advertising that generates most of their current profits.While China's opportunities are delicate in the balance -- in the US we are square on our bottoms.
Lawmakers plan to question the way U.S. Internet companies have been doing business in China during scheduled hearings Wednesday.Shame on the US Lawmakers then. Those that we elect need to focus upon what they are doing for freedom here. They can hold some chats -- fine. But don't put the net and techie guys to the test and have them do the dirty work of diplomacy in some underhanded way.